Speaker Ryan chides Coffman, other breakaway Republicans on DACA tactic
Author: Associated Press - May 10, 2018 - Updated: May 11, 2018
“These immigration bills deserve a vote, and Republican leadership has been wrong in holding them up,” Coffman said in a statement. “The time to get this process moving is now.”
But Coffman and his GOP allies remained shy of their goal of collecting enough signatures to force a vote. Those Republicans, who have moderate views on the issue, could force GOP leaders to hold a vote on their plan if they gather at least 218 signatures, a majority of the chamber’s membership, including Democrats.
The maverick Republicans want to allow votes on a hard-right immigration bill, a liberal one, a bipartisan compromise and any immigration bill of Ryan’s choosing. Under their plan, the measure that passes with the most votes would prevail.
GOP leaders say that process means they’d effectively lose control of the House’s agenda, a crucial power of the chamber’s majority party.
“Going down a path and having some kind of spectacle on the floor that just results in a veto doesn’t solve the problem,” Ryan said.
So far 18 Republicans have signed the petition to force votes. If all 193 Democrats eventually sign on as expected, the maverick group would need 25 GOP signatures to succeed.
Trump’s view on immigration is ever-shifting and hard to discern.
He has ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA; urged Congress to protect from deportation the young immigrants the program has temporarily shielded; and turned down deals to do so that would have also supplied money to build his proposed wall with Mexico.